Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jeans To Skirt Tutorial

This is a demonstration of how you can transform your old jeans into a denim skirt. You will need one pair of jeans for the skirt and some fabric for the center panel. I like to use my husbands old worn out jeans for the panels.

First you will need to rip out the hems and the inside leg seams with a seam ripper being very careful not to rip the fabric. (do not cut it out)

Rip out inside leg seams

Once the inside leg seams are ripped, you will need to rip the curved seams up the front and back of the crotch just until the seam starts to go straight as shown:
It can be difficult to get all those little threads out of the seams that have been ripped so I just use masking tape. Press it firmly on the threads and then gently pull the tape off. It's like waxing your jeans.

Lay your jeans out flat on a table and pin into place:

Use your scrap pair of jeans or fabric of your choice to make the center panels for your skirt. I just cut a leg off and cut up the inside seam to get my panel.

Tuck your panel inside the skirt:

Pin the panel in place being sure to tuck under your seam allowances:

Turn your skirt inside out and trim away any bulk fabric:

Turn it right side out again and start sewing from the top and work your way to the bottom.

After you have everything sewn together you can turn it inside out again and trim away any excess fabric.

I repeat this process for the other side of the skirt. Once you have both front and back sides done you can hem it. Another alternative to this skirt is pictured below. On this skirt I did not turn under the seam allowances or the hem. I just left the edges raw and once it has been laundered a few times this is what it will look like.


  1. OMG! That is so cool! Love it. Often wondered. TTFN~ Marydon

    PS Pop over & visit my post today please.

  2. brilliant...!
    thanks for the how-to...:o)

  3. Always LOVE a good tutorial!!! Great job. Thanks so much!

  4. Very cool! I added you to my blog roll let me know if you are cool with that, lol. THanks, cherry

  5. Hey cuz....quit putting all of us other "normal" people to shame!!! Ha Ha Just joking with ya;-) We are definitly going to have to get together on this one! There is nothing out there for the girls or for us!!! Thanks again hon. See ya tomorrow @ the baby shower;-)

  6. Super Cute! I saw this idea in a Country Living Magazine a few years ago and wanted to make one...but there wasn't an awesome tutorial like yours. Now I think I might have to try it. Thanks!

  7. Great job on the tutorial~I so want to make one *smiles*